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Remember earlier this year, when Google agreed to pay owners of their faulty Pixel phones? Users of the original phones said that Google had knowingly sold devices with defective microphones, and the company eventually settled. A few months have passed, and if you owned a Pixel (regardless of whether you experienced the defect), you're now eligible for the settlement payout. 
The betrayal doesn't end!

Trump Begins Rollback Of Endangered Species Act 🦅


Trump announces plans to change the application of the ESA

The change comes following his previous attempt to fundamentally change the act, which failed to pass the House. In response to this new attempt at changing the 47 year old act, conversation activists and attorneys decry any interference with wildlife conservation. The change exempts climate change from key sections of ESA’s enforcement

How does this really affect the Endangered Species Act?

The act has not been revoked. Instead, Trump’s changes target the enforcement of the act. The change will end blanket protection of newly-endangered species as well as allow economic impact to be considered when protecting any given specific species. 


The left takes the stance that Trump’s actions directly harm protected species. Many headlines use the word “weaken” to suggest that Trump is knowingly damaging the act and its ability to protect wildlife. Articles also bring up the ways the change ignores climate change as a potential problem for wildlife in the near future. 


The right emphasizes the reduced economic burden that the change will enable. Repeated use of the word “overhaul” suggests that Trump’s actions improve the act rather than detract from it. Sources highlight the increased efficiency of the act and claim that it won’t substantially harm wildlife. 

Where's the common ground?

Most articles agree that protection of the US’s most endangered species is important, and several draw attention to the bald eagle and American alligator, both of which are on the list of endangered species and have been kept from going extinct. The most prominent dissonance between the two interpretations lies in the prioritization of climate change. 

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Trump Takes On Immigration 🤛


Expansion of the "Public Charge" regulation

On Monday, the Trump administration released a regulation that could impact the immigrant population in the US. The "public charge rule" will make it more difficult for individuals who rely on government support such as Medicaid, housing benefits, and food stamps to obtain legal status.

What is "Public Charge?"

 The "public charge" provision was introduced as a part of the Immigration Act of 1882. It was intended to ensure that immigrants would not become a burden to the American taxpayer. In 1996, the term was revised to apply to someone that is primarily dependent on government assistance – in other words, the government provides more than half their income.


The left argues that this is an attempt by the Trump administration to further crackdown on legal immigration. They claim that this weaponizes programs that are intended to help people and targets people of color. The left emphasizes that this will prevent people from seeking critical healthcare and nutrition support, which will result in long-term consequences. They claim the administration is favoring wealthier immigrants for green cards.


The right contends that the reactions to the new "public charge" rule are overblown. They point out that even during the 19th and 20th centuries, both periods of mass immigration, those who came to the U.S. had to guarantee that they would not become a "public charge." Furthermore, the right highlights that this rule will benefit taxpayers in the form of a $57.4 billion tax cut – the amount they claim immigrants are costing taxpayers in welfare, schooling, and crime. They also point out that 63% of non-citizen households use at least one form of welfare, compared to 35% of native-born households.  

Where's the common ground?

The only common ground between the two sides is regarding their explanation of the new rule and who it impacts.

The general mood of this provision
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Capitalism: start 'em young. Nike starts a sneaker subscription service for kids, charging a monthly fee for a new pair of sneakers (Reuters)

Repurposing. Scientists discover that a drug used to treat parasites in horses can be altered to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria (NPR)

Wrist slap. South Korea downgrades Japan’s trading partner status as a trade dispute between the two continues to escalate (CNN Business)

"Microblog" about it. Verizon sells Tumblr to Automattic, the owner of the blogging platform (The Guardian)

New weapons test. 5 Russian atomic scientists died in an explosion during a failed missile test last Thursday (Bloomberg)

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